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Paradise lost : a poem written in ten books

John Milton, Samuel Simmons (Printer), Peter Parker (Bookseller), Robert Boulter (Bookseller), Matthias Walker (Bookseller)
Print Book, English, 1667
Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker under Creed Church neer Aldgate, and by Robert Boulter at the Turks Head in Bishopsgate-street, and Matthias Walker, under St. Dunstons Church in Fleet-street, London, 1667
Early works
[344] p. ; 19 cm (4to)
"Licensed and entred according to order."
Printer's name from Shawcross
Signatures: pi² A-2T⁴ 2V² [$2 signed]
The first leaf (pi1) is blank
The earliest of six title page states. In this state the line "By JOHN MILTON." is in the same size of type as the line below
Some copies have seven additional preliminary leaves, ¹A⁴ ( -A1) a⁴. These were probably printed the following year and were either added by the original owners after their purchase of the text, or are present as later sophistications. For details on states of title page and preliminaries, see "The Library", ser. 4, XXII: 34-66
Title and text within double-rule borders
Unpaginated; line numbers printed in margins by tens
Head-pieces; initials